Have you used MOCA as a resource before?
Growing up in Jacksonville and being interested in art from a very early age brought me to MOCA several times in my formative years. There was one piece...it was a room full of vacuums with harmonicas attached to them. This was one of the most important pieces I saw in my life, and it was here in Jacksonville at MOCA.
How would you describe your work?
My work has a base in industrial processes and contemporary urban living. By taking elements seen in our daily lives and placing them into a place of observance and analysis, I hope to introduce questions about our surroundings and what can be labeled "art." This can be a concrete wall, a cinderblock, curb markings, debris, and other artifacts of modern living and human intervention. Context and decontextualization are very important to me as well, taking an industrial form or process and using it in a way void of its original purpose. Stripping away its functionality into solid form.
What is your favorite thing about creating artwork?
My favorite thing about creating artwork is the process. The act and labor of creating the work is where I find the most enjoyment. It is most rewarding when you have a vision, you problem solve, and then you execute to meet the expectations you set for yourself. Time spent in the studio working is extremely meditative for me. My working is labor. My labor is focused on my work, the physical time spend with a piece. It shows my grasping of concepts in an industrial setting.